HB18-1045 (Singer/Tate) Dental Hygienist Apply Silver Diamine Fluoride

Originally Posted: February 16, 2018
Last Updated: March 16, 2018

Summary

This bill allows dental hygienists to apply sliver diamine fluoride under supervision of a dentist if certain conditions are met, including that the dental hygienist holds a license in good standing and has completed training on silver diamine fluoride. The supervision can be direct, indirect or via telehealth.

Position

The Children’s Campaign supports this bill as a way to increase access to oral health care services for children, particularly in areas of the state where access to dental care is limited. Dental hygienists are often at the forefront of delivering care in non-traditional settings like schools and community centers. Silver diamine fluoride is a minimally invasive and cost-effective service that has been shown to effectively treat active dental caries in children by controlling active caries and preventing further decay.

 

Current Status

Passed the Senate and the House with unanimous support and now heads to the governor’s desk for his signature

Previous Statuses


February 16, 2018

The bill passed the House unanimously this week and now heads to the Senate

February 23, 2018

Passed the Senate Business, Labor & Technology unanimously and now heads to the Senate floor